Car Accidents in Louisiana
Unfortunately, car accidents occur daily across the U.S., including in Louisiana. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017, someone died in a traffic accident every 14 minutes in this country. Total injuries that year were approximately 2.7 million with five people being injured every minute in car crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported that 768 people died in traffic accidents in Louisiana in 2018 while LSU’s Highway Safety Research Group reported approximately 166,000 traffic crashes overall in the state in 2017.
These car accidents create a devastating financial, physical, and emotional toll on the lives of everyone involved. Accident victims may spend days, weeks, or months in recovery while those catastrophically injured may be disabled for life. If you or someone you know is facing such a situation, we strongly urge you to get trusted and experienced legal help from Anderson Traylor Edwards, a law firm dedicated solely to personal injury claims.
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What to Do After a Car Accident?
If you are injured in a car accident in or around the greater Hammond area, you should take the following steps:
- Get out of harm’s way—move your vehicle off the highway or road if you can
- Call 911 and get medical attention even if you believe you are uninjured; some injuries take hours or days to appear and you will want medical documentation
- Take photos of the accident scene, other cars, surroundings, skid marks, and debris
- Get a police report
- Get witness information as well as the exchange of identification/insurance information with other drivers involved
- Write down what happened as soon as possible so that you do not forget anything important
Whose Insurance Company Do You Call?
Generally, you call your own insurance company in the aftermath of any car accident to report it. It is vital to remember, however, that you should never admit fault to any insurance company representative, whether your own or anyone else’s. You will likely later be contacted by an insurance company representative or adjuster wanting to settle quickly and usually for a lowball amount that is far below what your case may be worth.
It is important to remember that insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests but mainly working to protect their profitability. That is why they employ their own legal teams who will try to minimize their payouts. And that is why you need Anderson Traylor Edwards to stand up for what is best for you and fight for full compensation for all of your past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, property damage to your car and personal belongings, and emotional distress.
Who is Liable in Your Car Accident?
Under Louisiana Civil Code Section 2323, our state operates under the rule of “pure comparative fault.” This means that whatever your level of fault in any accident is proven to be will reduce the compensation to which you are entitled. For example, if it is determined that you were 50% at fault in the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 50%.
This rule is the guideline for insurance company claims representatives in settlement offers as well as judges and juries in car accident litigation cases. It is therefore vitally important that you present a strong evidential case in any claim. Our firm will work diligently to ensure that all aspects of your accident claim are thoroughly investigated and documented so as to put you in the most favorable position possible.
With 50 years of combined legal experience, our Hammond personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to help maximize the compensation you need and deserve in any fault-based auto accident. We work on a contingency fee basis which means you pay nothing unless we win your case. Our staff is always available, and we can come to your home, office, or hospital room to provide the legal assistance you need at this critical time.
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$11,900,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Multiple victims of mild traumatic brain injury in an intersectional crash.
$3,625,000 Serious Injuries
Mother and daughter headed home from school rear-ended by a concrete truck.
$3,350,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild traumatic brain Injury settled in court.
$1,000,000 Catastrophic Injury
Doe v. Doe, 05/09
$900,000 Back & Head Injuries
Elderly man hit from behind by dump truck on the interstate.
$750,000 Back & Neck Injury
Elderly man hit by a commercial truck in a private parking lot.
$750,000 Catastrophic Injury
The elderly got hit by an eighteen-wheeler.